Recaps of the Predators-Red Wings and Sharks-Blues games, plus the latest on Ryan O’Reilly, Marc-Andre Fleury, Martin Hanzal, Mathieu Darche and more.

Shea Weber (6) scores the game winner as the Nashville Predators beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3.

Shea Weber (6) scores the game winner as the Nashville Predators beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3.

THE TENNESSEAN/DETROIT NEWS: Shea Weber’s third goal of the season was the winner as the Nashville Predators edged the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in overtime.  Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was lifted midway through the game due to an upper body injury suffered in practice. The Wings got a highlight reel goal from Pavel Datsyuk, and former Predator Jordin Tootoo tallied his first of the season.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/STLTODAY.COM: Goals by Joe Thornton and Tim Kennedy lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the weary St. Louis Blues, snapping the Sharks seven-game winless streak. Antti Niemi made 25 saves for the win. The Blues plane back to St. Louis from Vancouver was delayed, meaning the club didn’t arrive home before the game until rush hour Tuesday morning.

Recaps of Tuesday’s other NHL games can be found in “Canadian Corner”.

DENVER POST: Adrian Dater shared a lengthy e-mail from Ryan O’Reilly’s father, who questioned the character of the Colorado Avalanche organization. His son is current embroiled in a contract dispute with Avalanche management.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The e-mail isn’t casting O’Reilly father in a good light. Most of the fan reaction suggests he’s a meddling hockey dad.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Dejan Kovacevic cautions against the Penguins over-playing starting goale Marc-Andre Fleury.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal is surprised to find himself leading the club in scoring.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals need more from goaltenders Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Holtby of late has shown signs of returning to the form which made him a playoff hero for the Capitals last spring. He’ll need to continue that improvement if the Capitals harbor any hope of making the playoffs.

TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie recently reported the NHL Draft Lottery will not be changing for this year. The league has discussed making the odds for non-playoff teams more balanced. “The only difference in this year’s draft lottery will remain that the team that wins the lottery will be awarded the first overall pick.”

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: NHL veteran forward Mathieu Darche has decided to retire at the age of 36.

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4 Responses to NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 20, 2013.

  1. The Flying V says:

    So basically Ryan’s father said the money should be paid not because of his skill, but because of his character. He says the Avs have treated him fair, but this is about character. He said his son thought the Avs naming Gab captain was good because he’s got good work ethic(read; character). Characterona, charactermeister, Characterramalamadingdong…

    Well, Ryan’s Dad, getting paid for character comes down the road a little bit still. Show some good character and let your son be his own man, unless of course, you don’t think he has enough character.

  2. Konstantine says:

    “The only difference in this year’s draft lottery will remain that the team that wins the lottery will be awarded the first overall pick.”

    How is this different then?

    • MattyG says:

      In previous years, teams could still win the draft lottery and not receive the first pick, as the team winning the lottery could only move up a maximum of 4 picks. For example, if the San Jose Sharks had the 7th worst record overall and they won the draft lottery, they would be picking 3rd overall. Only if the team was slotted in the 5th slot or lower could they end up with the first overall pick.

      The changes that have been implemented now allow all 14 teams that miss the playoffs a chance (albeit for the 14th slotted team a rather small one) to win the draft lottery and pick first overall.

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